I’m a sucker for independent documentaries on technology, and this is one I would love to see come to fruition. The Pirate Bay: Away From The Keyboard (commonly TPB AFK) is a documentary on the three minds behind the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. This appears at a rather poignant time, starting one month before the Court of Appeals hearings start in Stockholm, Sweden for the 2009 convictions of 1 year in jail and over4 million dollars in ‘having assisted in making copyrighted content available’.

My original concern for this piece was that it would demonize the government’s role in copyright law, rather than focusing on this case being a possible opportunity to spark the debate of internet and copyright on a more universal level. From the footage clips I’ve seen so far, I’m confident that this very well could achieve that goal. Copyright is one of those touchy subjects rarely discussed thoroughly by non-academics or those who perhaps don’t agree with the current state of copyright affairs. Regardless of what your view is on copyright and pirated materials, this film with luck will be a launching pad for a discussion that has been waiting to take flight.

I would encourage anyone to look into this case, and this documentary further. I’ll be curious to see the outcome of the appeal, and the path this documentary leads.

For anyone interested in donating to the documentary, their Kickstarter information is below.


The Machine is Us/ing Us

August 26, 2010